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Muslim activist reinstated to Plaid Cymru

Sahar Al-Faifi, a Welsh human rights activist and Regional Manager for MEND, has had her membership to Plaid Cymru reinstated. She was initially suspended following a campaign of sustained online Islamophobic abuse and accusations of anti-Semitism for some of her historical comments regarding...

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Justice awaits Shukri Abdi’s family as inquest continues

Background In June 2019, the body of 12-year-old schoolgirl, Shukri Abdi was found in the River Irwell in Bury. A group of children were with her at the river during the period when she had drowned. Greater Manchester police initially did not treat the death as suspicious, but Shukri’s family...

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Understanding Coronavirus and cremations

On 21st March 2020, MEND released an action alert raising concerns about the Coronavirus Bill 2019-21. As it was written, the bill would have allowed designated local authorities to cremate bodies against the wishes of the deceased. On 23rd March 2020, the second reading of the Coronavirus Bill...

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Coronavirus Bill in the House of Commons

Yesterday, Monday 23 March, the emergency Coronavirus Bill was debated and passed in the House of Commons. Naz Shah, MP for Bradford West, successfully pushed for an amendment to the draft bill to permit those from faith backgrounds to be exempted from automatic cremation in the advent of their...

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West meets East

“a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia” – Thomas Babington Macauley (Politician and Historian) When you think of the Eastern world, what do you immediately think of? Do you picture Lawrence of Arabia-esque sand dunes as far as the...

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Urgent Question in the House of Commons

Yesterday, Tuesday 3 March, an urgent question was asked in relation to recent events in India. Several MPs highlighted the discrimination, violence, and persecution inflicted on Muslims. The Labour MP for Nottingham East, Nadia Whittome, said the following: “Will the Minister join me in...

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Trojan Horse Play – Greater Manchester

Dr Sadia Habib, MEND Manchester volunteer, Dr Shazad Amin, MEND CEO, both sat on the post-event panel at the Trojan Horse Play when it came to Greater Manchester. As part of the panel, the two spoke about the issues surrounding politicians and the education sector when it came to the Trojan Horse...

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Questions in the House of Commons

In the Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order debate yesterday, Thursday 26 February, in response to a question from Nick Thomas-Symonds, James Brokenshire said: “Equally, I will take this opportunity to underline, in relation to the prevention work for those involved in...

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